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Fishing: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Slate River

Beginning Elevation: 11,600 Feet (3616.0 Meters) approximate
Handicapped Accessible: No
Length: 23 Miles (38.33 Kilometers) approximate
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 131, 133
Recommended Season: Late Summer
Usage: Heavy in Summer
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

The Slate River begins near Yule Pass on Paradise Divide approximately 17 miles west of Crested Butte. The river flows east from Yule Pass between the Ruby Range and Anthracite Mesa with the waters of Poverty Gulch and Oh-be-joyful Creek joining it. East of Crested Butte the Slate is joined by Washington Gulch and Baxter Gulch. At the confluence of Baxter Gulch and Slate River, the river begins to parallel Highway 135. The Slate River enters the East River six miles below Crested Butte.

This is a narrow river, only eight to ten feet wide, that supports brook, brown and rainbow trout. The fishing is rated as poor by the Forest Service, but it can't be beat for scenic beauty and solitude. The terrain that surrounds the river, especially in the Slate River Valley west of Crested Butte, supports a vast variety of recreation opportunities.

Directions from Crested Butte: There is a good dirt road north of Crested Butte that parallels Slate River for nine miles to Pittsburg and two miles beyond. The river below Crested Butte, is primarily private and posted.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Family Camping Oh-be-Joyful
ICON Dispersed Camping Slate River
ICON Cold Water Fishing Slate River
ICON Animal Identification Slate River
ICON Bird Identification Slate River
ICON Plant Identification Slate River
ICON Wildflower Identification Slate River
ICON Rivers & Streams Slate River
ICON Viewing Scenery Slate River

Related Activities
Oh-Be-Joyful Creek - This beautiful small stream is six to eight feet in width, offering Brook trout. Beautiful scenic country. The fishing is rated as fair.

Oh-Be-Joyful Road #754 - This road provides access to Oh-Be-Joyful Creek and the Raggeds Wilderness.

Slate River Road #734 - This road follows Slate River and then continues to the White River National Forest.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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